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My Fourth Day Story

April 23, 2021 by Priscilla N. Terry

My Walk to Emmaus was in April 1996 at the Omega Retreat Center, Boerne, Texas. This set-apart weekend with Jesus changed my life forever. It prepared me for a life-changing event that, without my relationship with Christ, would have probably resulted in my early death.

Our second child and only son, Timothy, was killed in a car accident in October 2001. The Lord knew this would happen when he led me to the cross at the retreat center that Saturday 5 years earlier on my Emmaus Walk. On that day I gave the Lord all my burdens of guilt and shame, confessed my sins to him, and received forgiveness for all I had done to separate myself from God in the past.

Our son was a believer, so we know we will see him again. After his death, I wrote a book of poems on grief, which took me 10 years to complete as I worked through the layers of a mother’s loss. I witness to the power of God in my life and to what he did for my redemption. Today as a result of God’s power at work in me, I am a stronger believer.

After my Emmaus Walk, I served on Emmaus teams as Assistant Lay Director and then Lay Director. Throughout my 9 years of service, I also had the opportunity to serve on the music team.

I am currently involved in our Adult Sunday school class and a weekly ladies’ Bible study. I take seriously the questions and our readings and try to answer truthfully. I am faithful in my personal daily Bible reading, and I share scripture to help others on their Christian walk. My Christian Action is attending daily to my disabled husband and his needs, working in the church office one morning each week, and helping people without transportation to get to doctor appointments and buy groceries. Helping people in need keeps me humble and grateful to God for his provision in all areas of my life.

Jeremiah 29:11, my salvation scripture, tells where I place my hope for the future: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (NRSV). God is in control as we continue to share the good news and the hope that Jesus Christ alone offers to a lost and dying world. I deem it a privilege to belong to the Lord and to live with the hope of being with God eternally. Praise God for his faithfulness!

Priscilla N. Terry participated in the April 1996 Walk to Emmaus in Boerne, Texas.

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